Stay Home > Stay Safe
We are all tasked with Staying Home and Staying Safe and are urged to continue to check up on friends, family and neighbours by phone or online and pursue the activities able to be done from home and in line with guidance.
A few suggestions:
Online Quiz: Donnaghadee RC are again running their online quiz on Thursday at 6.30pm
Keep Fit: There are now numerous ways being suggested for adults and children to keep fit at this time from extensive workouts to ones whilst sitting in a chair! A few picked out are those on the BBC who have brought back the Green Goddess, Diana Moran (now 80!) and Mr Motivator (now 67) for keep fit exercises; a more modern approach (and a little more energetic!) is by the hugely popular, particularly with children, fitness coach, Joe Wicks, who has offered to become the UK's PE teacher by running PE with Joe classes, the NHS and Sport England
- The Green Goddess will lead exercise classes, particularly for the older generation (and which can be done sitting down!), on BBC Breakfast broadcasting at 6.55am and 8.55am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,
- Mr Motivator will be part of a new programme Healthcheck UK Live (starting Monday 30 March) broadcast daily on BBC One at 10am to provide “much-needed advice and companionship during the coronavirus crisis answering viewers’ concerns and offering tips on how to stay healthy”.
- Joe Wicks runs free 30 minute PE with Joe classes live at 9am every weekday for children and their parents on his YouTube platform - see here. All routines can be found by on The Body Coach TV YouTube page. He was due to start a school tour to promote fitness and healthy living, but the coronavirus outbreak changed those plans when schools were told to close and he decided to do these on-line instead.
- The NHS is reminding people to try and stay as active as they possibly can be and has put together several routines which can be seen here.
- Sport England have released a 10 minute exercise routines aimed at keeping older people healthy - they can all be found on BBC Sounds here.
Bird Watching: The RSPB have started a breakfast bird watch weekdays between 8-9am and have called on the public to join them in watching wildlife, share photos and discuss nature from the safety of their homes. For those who follow Twitter look for #BreakfastBirdwatch and #RSPBNI. This is designed to be at a time when many people would have been commuting to work, doing the school run, or otherwise unable to enjoy the splendour of nature from home. However even if not following on Twitter it is still possible look out into the garden at 8.00-9.00am and make your own list, apparently the blackbird was the top sighting Monday 30 March
Listening to Music: various members of the Ulster Orchestra are trying to come up with ways of reaching out to their supporters, subscribers and audience members in these difficult times knowing that we are missing listening to them as much as they are missing playing. One of their players has suggested as a recommended ‘listening list’ listening (YouTube is a good platform) to the repertoire that they should have been performing in the Ulster Hall last Friday night: 1. Egmont Overture Op. 84 Beethoven 2. Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 Nielsen and 3. Symphony No. 4 Op. 60 Beethoven.